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Soulriding (2099 Posts)
Topic Soulspeak
Comet DH update, by the light of the moon..
On 10/7/2017 PSR wrote in from United States  (65.96.nnn.nnn)

I had got some wobbles from the Z-rollers in a mid-afternoon run, and kinda wondered 'why', as they had Stims, and I was using fairly round+true Hotspots. Turns out, I've a bent axle, which, in this truck hanger, can rotate... Um, yup, wheel divergence.. Not good. So, I slap the Tracker RKP Fasttracks back on it, replacing the lower conical bushing with a tall Riptide on the front to increase steering response. I took it out at 3 AM , under that gorgeous moon, and romped this one in-town road that's 4-5% grade for about a 1-1/4 mile stretch and has 2 yr. old tar (never can sk8 it in daylight, too busy). The Trackers lack the smoother turn-in, seem to be either going straight-ish, or carving, no in-between arcs, but don't wobble, and are predictable, solid feeling. Since they're (150's) a bit narrower, I grabbed Flashbacks for my wheel choice. These, unlike the Seismics, I can push into slides, but have to grab the deck and be really low. I guess I'll have to just use the 35" Barfoot for parks, instead of the Comet...But, with the Comet, I've a nice Ditch-Witch, Dh-bomber, Cruiser and mean beer-run board! Now, I just gotta source out AXLES for those Z-Rollers somewhere...

 
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love it
On 10/4/2017 loneskater wrote in from (174.238.nnn.nnn)

I like following your posts, good read. Inversely I went to a Jay Smith re-issue for parks. But I do love my Comet 40 D/H. It is really tight for a bigger deck on transitions for me. I am running Trackers with 9/16ths risers wedged front and Flashbacks or Avilas. Great deck for ditches.

I picked up an Alva Fender and I am thinking it is a great ditch board with Indy 215's. But I can shove the Alva into any vert bowl I want. I just cannot do that with the 40 inch deck.

 
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What's Up- Soulsearching
On 10/1/2017 PSR wrote in from United States  (65.96.nnn.nnn)

So, one of my 'projects' has been taking my Comet 40" carbon-KT Dh into the realm of being not just a fast-Ditch-witch, but also able to run in the tight concrete parks that've sprung up. Indy's were my first grab for trucks, to increase steering, but they sat too low for 65mm+ wheels (and I AM NOT going to put smaller wheels on a board that says, in the Graphics, "Downhill"). So, I've got Ranallis (a taller variant along the Indy geometry style) , Tracker Fastracks (rkp), and, oooh, Z-Rollers which had resided on a now-retired Luge.. Hmm.?. Let's try Those! It turns out (pun intended) that the Z-s have some cred here! They turn as tight as Indy's, don't rub the wheels on the board (1/2" risers, wedged up front), so they're almost as good as the Ranalli there; No wobbles, and wheel placement is where I expect, so they out-rank the Trackers by a smidge.. Oh, and [drumroll] they Roll, not 'grind', on coping!! Awesome for speed-flow coping attacks! I can take the board also up to 'speeding in town' velocities without worry, all on old Kryptonics C-65's !! 'Ding', we have a Winnah!!

 
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tumbleweeds and crickets
On 9/28/2017 Doug wrote in from United States  (68.60.nnn.nnn)

What's up, PSR? I'm in the process of rediscovering soul riding and the sheer joy of tweaking setups...had a rough couple years there brought on by injuries, but I'm learning that I'm not as bouncy as I used to be, and am taking a lot of lessons from the skate geezers on the internet about keeping myself intact.

That Sims looks like a beast! Glad you're having fun riding it! My most recent scores come from a liquidation of demo gear from Silverfish...I'm looking at setting up a 36" doublekick from Rolling Trees on some Bennett 6.0's and possibly some Earthwing wheels, and a Soda Factory Chili on some Indy 126's.

Anyway, thought I'd pipe in since it looks like you're fairly active on here.

Peace, love, and powerslides!

 
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Back Here, Again?
On 9/27/2017 PSR wrote in from United States  (65.96.nnn.nnn)

I keep on doing what I've done, road-surfing, tweaking gear, finding that eclectic mix of Old & New that just motors along.. Latest 'find', was a Sims 'Snakebite' deck from Strangehouse, then Tracker Fastrackers (black hangers, match the Sims nicely!), and then Avila's (white, 77a, in Black Ops formula) from a source I won't compromise ( I may need more of These for me-self! Protectionism at it's finest? ), along with a Fresh set (mind you, I bought these last time, before Obama, When we had a GOP Pres. in office! They LAST!) of Pleasure Tool Bearings from Ed's Bearings. Wedges added for steering improvement. Now, I go out expecting good things, but also 'set-up' issues... None. Wha?? NONE! The board just TRACKED, CARVED, SLID, and RAN! No Wobs! Totally 'told me' when the hook-up was done, and slid in lil' mini-drifts, then went back to being a Carve-beast! The Tracker trucks are amazing in adjustment, feel, and solid precision. The original BIG Stim-III bushings are in 3 hardnesses, so some combo-fit is needed dependent upon intent (and I may yet turn them down to 'seat' into the hanger, ala Riptide's), but NO Wobbles!! Wow! I've pushed this up to 55 (according to my 'wind-speed' indicator) on VT's newly paved Rt-5 South of Springfield (watch, though, for the 'wake-up' Bumps on the Centerline!! These can KILL YOU! Stay ONLY in Your LANE!! Scary sh!t!), and that has 3 sweet 8%+ grades along it. T. Sims pretty much had a simple, but effective Gun in this board; it's just, um, "Comfy", nothing crazy not odd; Just works... Now, If only i could get Gesmer to make Black-Ops Avilas with a nice, big, Metal Core....

 
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Small window...
On 12/24/2015 PSR wrote in from United States  (65.96.nnn.nnn)

Wow, now in MY December, it's Christmas Eve in New Hampshire, and while I didn't go Surfing (nor snowboarding!) today, I did go Longboard Skateboarding just a a bit SW of Charlestown, on the road back towards Acworth. It's an old cowpath, tarred over sometime in the late 1960's, which winds down the ridge for a 600 ft drop over 3 miles. They re-tarred it this Autumn, much to my surprise and delight. I figured it'd get beaten to hell by snowplows and salting before I could drop it. But, this weird warm weather (63* F at 3:20 pm ! Avg. is more like 28* F!) from this Gulf Coast airmass made it possible to run it before the ugliness of wintertime scored the road's surface.
It was epic, and a whole lot of fun!

Unfortunately, that same airmass killed 13 people down south on it's way here. What a bummer. Christmas shouldn't quite be like this; not here, not There, either...

 
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Soul-surfing
On 12/11/2014 PSR wrote in from United States  (65.96.nnn.nnn)

Did anyone else see that guy SURFING Lake Tahoe on 12/11/14!?! The storm gave them 6-7 foot waves, and serious snow at elevation (too much rain down below). But gettin' in some freshwater cutbacks, in December??
Epic!!

 
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A return
On 6/3/2013 Longboardbuddha wrote in from United Kingdom  (82.46.nnn.nnn)

Yes Soulcarving...i remember

 
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pumping setup
On 12/9/2011 Adam wrote in from United States  (208.64.nnn.nnn)

Grant, My favorite pumping board has an Original truck up front and a Seismic in the back. You don't want/need the back to be too turny for such a board. Low rolling resistance wheels such as Seismic Black Ops or Orangatangs with good bearings (and bearing spacers) are a must.

Check out our LDP forum for more insight: http://www.ncdsa.com/55/Long-Distance-Skateboard-Pumping-LDP.htm

 
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Best Carving / Pumping setup for flats?
On 12/7/2011 grant wrote in from United States  (72.194.nnn.nnn)

Not sure if this is the best location to ask this here. Slalom seems somewhat close to what I'm looking for, but more carving and not so much speed.

For "pumping" and carving around on the flats, generating your own momentum. Not putting your foot down. What is the best setup for board and trucks?

I saw today a board with a front truck called the Carver C7. Not sure if that is just a gimick or not.

I'm thinking about a 30-32" board at most. Trying to somewhat replicate the feel of surfing.

 
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Blast from the past
On 2/13/2011 Soulman wrote in from United States  (68.108.nnn.nnn)

To me soulcarving can be something different everyday. Sometimes it's wide road traversing slow carves, and some days it's 20-25 mph cruising turns. One way or the other...

 
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A new beginning
On 2/3/2011 Soulman wrote in from United States  (68.108.nnn.nnn)

I have seen the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.


Skate my friends - skate

 
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Last Moon of the Summer
On 9/5/2009 PSR wrote in from United States  (75.68.nnn.nnn)

This full moon, I found yet another great hill, coming down from a new-ish state prison built in Homerville (Springfield, Vt.). It's aligned with this moon's light nicely, has one 'dark' corner, and a pull-off for Park+Ride across the highway from it so it's an easy hike up. The gradient is, well, maybe 7%, enough to slide with, just mellow enough to carve it on a G.S. sized ride, and WAY FUN on a Buttboard (bad runout, though). Toasted my old trusty Vans on Thursday nite, but had a good 4 runs in before a Constable drove on by. I was already at the pulloff across from there when the cruiser showed up. :-D

I may not get much by way of sunny-day sk8 sessions in anymore, but these off-hour nighttime runs are making up for a far-too-wet Summer. If you think a little outside 'the box', the rewards are well worth it!

 
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Night Runnin'
On 8/6/2009 PSR wrote in from United States  (75.68.nnn.nnn)

WHOO - HOO!! , I LOVE Full Moons at a little bit past midnite in these nor-easterly parts! I got out after work (I work until 11pm), and used a nice piece of Obama-Infastructure-rebuilt highway near the Conn. River in N.H tonite with my wife's 48" longboard, my Vintage Turner Summer-Ski, and lastly with my trusty Buttboard. A nice, flowing Down+up+down straightaway two-lane with fresh tar going about 1-1/4 miles thru the farmland towards the river, with three tasty smooth, decreasing radii corners just before the bridge, and moonlit most of the way (a few scary-ish dark shaded spots), and absolutely no cars (this time). I skated the Longboard first, going up only about 3/4 mile from the bottom, just to get a feel for the speed (it coasts out, in the car, at 45 mph), and the traction, too. No Petzl on that run, just enjoying the quasi-light and total silence. Very Surreal, almost spooky, but, nah no Icabod Crane here (I hope not..). The fog was hovering in the corn fields, growing in the moonlight, just a few yards down and to the side of road. Cool scenery!
I rode the Turner next, going up a bit further, bringing the Petzle light along for a bit of safety in the shaded zones. Got a surprise with bouncing, glowing dots ahead on the steeps, but it was a Fox out hunting varmits. I kept my turns rythmic, and across the fall-line to keep the speed down, the ABEC 11 Slashbacks (modded Flashbacks, w/ Tunnel-like lip) making very nice SHhhWoosshhh noise on every turn. Plenty of traction, very buttery, smooth, and predictable, nice stuff when you can't quite see everything your gliding over. I dug out buttboard with a little trepidation, as I hadn't been on it in a month, and hadn't run it on this hill in 8 years. I hiked it up, way up, past the Farmhouse, probably 1-5/8 mile, where it flattens out at the hill's crest. This hill swoops in on a slow curvature, like the first riser on a Wooden Rollercoaster, but gets steep quickly. At night, it's then you're in the Dark, as the trees block the moonlight, as does the curve of the hill. Probably 8% right before in bottoms out, then heads up the 1st gully, you can feel the G's push your legs down, and then over the next crest (and into the moonlight!) as the hill rolls into a brief flat. Then, you unweight quickly as the grade goes from near-flat to 9% for a little bit, and you plunge back into the blackness for a few seconds. The next pitch change is very abrupt, and presses you down hard onto the board as you go UP quickly, then you're weightless for an instant as you crest a small knoll.. Into Light, and into a steady 5% grade with the nifty, flowing corners down towards the bridge. The fields glisten a frosty white, with the roadway being a darkened snake-run slicing the lowland in two. Gotta focus on your line as the corners get tighter, but the view is distracting. There's my car, whoops, went past it... Gotta put the Vans down for some braking before the bridge. Good, stopped in time. On my way back to the car, towing my board, I see a Porcupine waddling across the road. No eyes, but the prickly sillouette is easy to pick out. Glad I didn't run into that while I was on my board!

It took me an hour all told to get my runs in, but it's the kind of thing that defies timetables and work schedules, and gives my spirits a much-needed little lift at the end of my day (er, night). :-D

 
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On 6/15/2009 McKendry wrote in from United States  (67.174.nnn.nnn)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJmx4QwTOC0

 
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The Ribbon
On 5/18/2009 Miko wrote in from United States  (67.180.nnn.nnn)

So many times I'm driven
to complete some goal.
Contest, practice, fitness, new gear . . .
Leaving for work, I pass my quiver
and usually ignore it in my routine.
But the days I pick one up,
I find myself rolling somewhere,
a favorite hill is right there,
waiting . . .
and I realize
that I can find what I need anytime.
right there
on that 1 mile ribbon of soul.

 
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returning after injury
On 5/15/2009 herbn wrote in from United States  (67.83.nnn.nnn)

first real downhill carving cruise in about ten months ,i broke my leg nearly 10 months ago when i planted my foot on the ground far to hard on a big mtb tabletop jump, it was tibial plateau fracture and thats' at the top of the tibia/right in the knee, not a good fracture for a skateboarder, it effects the knee more than a regular break in the middle of the bone . I've been pushing around on my board on and off since the winter,mostly parking lots.This was a an actual hill, that needed speed control and a good line into the a 90 degree turn at the bottom,i worked the carves pretty hard and a few drifted here and there and one almost got away and ended up making me go faster because things got a little out of control and going straight for a second or two to regain control of the traction,probabely carved to hard and tried to cut to much speed with carving,but things worked out and i'm planning to return to bigger hills in the near future,maybe give it a full year.

 
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Soul
On 12/24/2008 Soulman wrote in from United States  (70.180.nnn.nnn)

Merry Christmas Soulriders.

Peace be with you all!!

 
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TOPO MAPS
On 10/31/2008 Kevin wrote in from United States  (76.93.nnn.nnn)

Someone was asking about topo maps ? On Google Earth the elevation changes when you move your cursor over the roads. Works damn good.Just moved for a job to Ventura looking to ride in and around Camarillo,any spots?

 
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Durham MC
On 8/21/2008 h0dad wrote in from New Zealand  (202.74.nnn.nnn)

Absolutely, I live in a city which is festooned with hills and banks etc. and I've wanted to catalogue some of them for sure. I]ve dabbled with geographical info systems a little bit and have dreamed about doing such a site for a while now..to build one up from scratch is a mission, a full-on development project.. you have to buy the maps, render them, link a features database in behind them etc etc.

But you could always do it with Google Maps..

cheers

 
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Durham NC
On 7/10/2008 soccertrash1 wrote in from United States  (70.63.nnn.nnn)

i have been commuting down the hills of durham in the pre-dawn for a couple of years. there are a couple of well-lit, 10-minute runs (rideable with no traffic). this has gotten me to thinkin': has anyone done topo maps showing downhill street runs with hill-ratings (like ski resorts) for major cities?

 
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dreaming one year later
On 3/7/2008 Jeff Kasson wrote in from United States  (24.31.nnn.nnn)

I dream of skate lines more than actually skate now
but I know that I have run respectable lines in the day
now diminished to slalom, carving and freestyle
but I continue to love the four wheel wonder and enjoy life

 
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Sound of Luge
On 2/22/2008 HITMAN wrote in from United States  (71.122.nnn.nnn)

Smooth Georgia pavement in the Spring time.
Sun just cresting above the ridge line.
Cooler wind up from the valley.
Unload from the hauler quickly and quitely.
Point my toes down the hill.
Push off hard to start the thrill.
Shoulder to shoulder at sixty five.
Trust my brother, keeps us alive.
Hissing of wheels on the moist black path.
Don't forget to breathe, lay back, relax.
Round the last turn to end the run.
Man this stuff is just pure fun!

 
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photo
On 2/11/2008 Jimmy wrote in from United States  (75.4.nnn.nnn)

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skate for love
On 11/24/2007 tom t wrote in from (99.233.nnn.nnn)

All better dudes...420 and skate, no other love is so great, except the one that comes unexpected, the one I've found of late...Jennifer is Great.

 
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